Friday, 24 July 2015

The Summer Holidays

Hi Chaps,

Well the school holidays are truly upon us. Last year my son and I played Space Hulk (the old version) and to kick things off this year we have decided to re vamp the old figures that came with the sets we bought. The sculpts of the Genestealers are still amazing by today's standards but the metals will need to be stripped of their paint.

I never got into the whole Warhammer 40K thing so I don't know what colour these guys will end up....but the monsters i have a plan for. Please do check out this Youtube video as this guy is excellent-there are so many talented people out there!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Simply 6 and Baccus work begins

Well the Baccus figures and Simply 6 buildings arrived a few days ago. My first impression was that "oh no they are so small!" Anyway despite their size I havwe begun to paint them and actually they are not so difficult, indeed the buildings paint up super quick and look very effective.
I will post some pics tomorrow weather permitting-here in Cumbria its been as dull as Iceland...At the speed and price these things paint up I would be tempted into other periods in this scale....just wait for Baccus to release some WW1 figures or Russian civil war...

Friday, 5 November 2010

Simply 6 and Baccus

Thought I'd update the 6mm situation instead of ranting about overly detailed 28mm. I've just ordered a group of buildings from simply 6, a new company to me but the chap introduced himself on the 6mm yahoo group so I thought why not?
Baccus have not yet sent my order but thats not a problem as he has already explained that he is busy...must be a lot of folk ordering 6mm. Maybe 6mm will be wargamings new rock n roll what with time being in short supply (short...), as well as money.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Campaign for Copplestone Plastics

Hi Chaps,

well this is it, a declaration of a bill of wants. The wargaming world needs a plastic version of Copplestone castings in plastic. Well animated, simple figures moulded in plastic that portray an artistic vision of the subject rather than every buckle, shoe lace and badge. I want to paint wargames figures and not a pretentious 28mm work of art.

So...who will join me?

I wonder if we can gain enough momentum via the internet to persuade Mr Copplestone or the team at Renegade to produce their miniatures unchanged in hard plastic? Whats the point in having an affordable alternative to white metal if it takes twice the time to paint. Perry twins, Warlord games and Gripping Beast have got it all artistically the risk of sounding like an old hippie "they've forgotten their roots man"...

More detail does not equate to more happiness. I have been horrified at the thought of painting 28mm for the first time in my lifetime simply because they would be such hard work. A clever sculptor would halve the work for both himself and his customer by conveying his subject with the impression of detail and not a profusion of it.

Its a cruel joke. For the first time in 20 years I can afford 28mm but now I dont want it because it has transformed itself into the new 15mm....too much detail thats just not worth the effort because no one ever sees it.

I am sorry if this upsets the brave plastic 28mm manufacturers, I applaud your venture into hard plastic but your attention to detail has turned my lifelong dream into a nightmare of tiny buttons and pointless lace, thanks for nothing.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Baccus 6mm ordered

Well I have taken the 6mm plunge and ordered a small amount from Baccus to see if I can paint in this scale. I really hope that I can identify the figures on the table as this is quickly becoming the only scale I can afford to game in. The credit crunch has'nt so much given me a squeeze but more of a kick in the spuds!
My dire lack of actual games this year has been due to time, money and space so maybe 6mm can solve two out of my three gaming problems. It will also be nice to get some buildings on the table, it would be nice to hear from any other gamers with more 6mm experience.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Are plastic 28mm too detailed?

I was wondering if anyone else had come across plastics which are too detailed? I recently completed a box of Perry medievals and was really worn out and tired of them by the end! For my painting tastes there was just too much fine detail! It was like trying to paint a large 1/72nd scale figure...too many buckles that couldnt be seen unless the figure was being examined on its own.
I know I shoud'nt complain but (theres always a but) instead of a quick and cheap way to build an army these things take an age and should come with a spec savers voucher. Ouch, now I'm being too harsh plus I dont want the Perries sending the lads round to break my painting fingers!

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Never be a single parent!

its been a few weeks but I've been busy sorting out the move to primary school for my boy and moving his big brother back to uni-all change at the Hendrickson house again. Also sorting out the usual single parent'd think that with all the rubbish the daily papers print that I would be living it up...thats just not the case! Life just dumps on us all sometimes-I miss my wife and son every minute of every day.

Oh well on the wargaming front I have completed a 15mm modern AK47 army of middle eastern chaps along with a few civilian vehicles and I am considering which period to start my "Black powder" career in. I may even go for 15mm because of the speed at which one can paint in this scale....lifes good when your clutching an essex minis catalogue!